EL CENTRO – On Friday, March 11, 2016, at 7:50 a.m., officers responded to 2150 North Waterman Avenue (Walmart) in reference to a robbery. An employee reported a male suspect had stolen two desktop computers and brandished a hunting knife before fleeing in a vehicle driven by a second male. Officers immediately began checking the area and located a vehicle matching the one described by the witness.
The witness was driven to the location and confirmed the vehicle officers had located was the vehicle used in the robbery. ECPD officers and detectives contacted Ted Michael Shigematsu (40 years old from El Centro) with the assistance of a parole agent from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Shigematsu was identified as the driver of the getâ€away vehicle and a search of his residence led to the discovery of a portion of the stolen property.
ECPD officers and detectives worked throughout the day to identify the second suspect who stole the property and brandished the knife. Through their hard work and tireless dedication they were able to identify the second suspect as Joshua Brandon Anderson (25 years old from El Centro).
A searchÂ warrant was obtained for Andersonâ€™s residence and officers recovered the remainder of the items stolen earlier in the day. Anderson attempted to elude officers by crawling underneath his residence, but was ultimately arrested. Both Anderson and Shigematsu were booked at the Imperial County Jail and face charges of robbery and possession of stolen property.
On Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at 531 N. 5th Street (Los Compadres Market). The employee told officers that a male adult entered the store and sprayed pepper spray in the clerkâ€™s eyes and on his face. The male then stole money from the cash register and fled on foot. The clerk was able to provide a clothing description to the responding officers who immediately began checking the area.
Officers located Tristian Xavier Roche (25 years old from El Centro) walking just a few blocks away from the store. Rocheâ€™s physical build and clothing matched what was described by the clerk. He was contacted and officers learned that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
Following Rocheâ€™s arrest, officers searched his person and located currency in the same denominations as what was stolen during the robbery. The clerk was transported to Rocheâ€™s location and positively identified him as the suspect from the robbery. Roche was arrested and booked at the Imperial County Jail for robbery and the outstanding warrant.
We are proud of our officers and their efforts to locate these individuals and hold them accountable for their actions.